Last December I wrote an article titled “Capitalism for Dum Dums” in an
attempt to shed light on the leftist’s propensity for perpetually
clinging to failed economic models, particularly as it pertains to
their distressing healthcare schemes. Think of this article as
“Theology for Dum Dums”.
For those of us clinging to a rational view of reality and history, not
rendered pie-eyed by the intoxicating rhetoric of utopian collectivists
sitting about campfires singing Puff the Magic Dragon and reeking of
Patchouli Oil, we know that socialism does not work. Whether it is “The
Peoples” farm and toilet paper factory, or universal healthcare, it all
invariably collapses, primarily driven by a spirit fostering sluggardly
The more adventurous leftists, the ones more likely to refer to themselves
as “progressives”, hazard a go at selling socialized medicine, even
socialism proper, by means of the Holy Bible. They try to accomplish
this most often by quoting from the second book of the Acts of the
Apostles, verse 44,45:
“And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold
their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man
This would appear to be a compelling argument for socialism on the surface
for those inclined towards that sort of tomfoolery. Though, “ as every
man had need” suggests that this was not an even distribution of
resources, some obviously had less need. The problem with secular
leftist Bible experts is that they do not apprehend and cannot
comprehend that the Spirit driving acts like the ones depicted in Acts
2:44,45 is just that, spiritual. I like the way the great theologian
Matthew Henry puts it:
“The greatness of the event raised them above the world, and the Holy Ghost
filled them with such love, as made every one to be to another as to
himself, and so made all things common, not by destroying property, but
doing away selfishness, and causing charity.”
We see the behavior in Acts 2 repeated in Acts 4. Lets look at the whole thing in context:
And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled
together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake
the word of God with boldness. And the multitude of them that believed
were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought
of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things
common. And with great power gave the apostles witness of the
resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were
possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the
things that were sold, And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and
distribution was made unto every man according as he had need. Acts
So we see these people were filled with the Holy Ghost, the very Spirit of
God. Inspired by the resurrection of the Lord, these saints were
convicted to lovingly act in concern for the welfare of their brothers.
This was a voluntary action not an obligatory one and therein lies it’s
What we see in Acts, is the ultimate manifestation of Christian fellowship,
What is mine, is yours and I share it. The concept is the ultimate in
“mi casa es su casa”. Socialism says what is yours is mine and I have
the power to take it, an entirely different paradigm, a different
spirit. In fact, the liberal who favors big government says; you can’t
be trusted to do right with what you have, so we’ll do it for you.
The goal in the Acts of the Apostles was not to bring about social or
economic justice, that would nullify the Bible’s teachings on sowing
and reaping taught with regularity throughout Scripture. In fact, we
are given a harsh lesson in the hypocrisy of false giving in the story
of Ananias and Saphira in the very first few lines of Acts chapter five
immediately following the liberals celebrated “all things in common” verses.
The Apostles were not in the habit of subsidizing those who could work but refused to, as Paul illustrated.
“For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would
not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which
walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. Now
them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that
with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. But ye, brethren, be
not weary in well doing. And if any man obey not our word by this
epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be
ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a
brother.” II Thessalonians 3:10-15
The fact that the first century Church was not a communal society is further illustrated in I Timothy:
“ Honour widows that are widows indeed. But if any widow have children or
nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite
their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God. Now she that
is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in
supplications and prayers night and day. 3:3-5
Here we see it is the family that is foremost responsible for the welfare of
its own. If families take responsibility for their own, Paul shows
there will never be an unnecessary burden on the Church, or, to take it
further, society on the whole. This of course still requires a
spiritual component because you must have a heart for God. Paul says
trust in God and His people. The progressive says trust in the state to
do what is right with what it takes from you.
If Christ and the Apostles were socialist like so many leftists purport,
they were not very good ones. If Christ were to appear in Communist
China or Cuba and began teaching the parable of the “Laborers in the vineyard” Matthew 20:1-16 , the “Pounds” Luke 19:11-27 or God forbid the “Ten Talents” Matthew 25:14-30
were Jesus Christ begins; “For the kingdom of heaven is as...” and goes
on to share a lesson on capitalism that would make Donald Trump blush.
It is safe to say that they would find themselves in a re-education
camp, or even more likely up against a pitted wall before you could say
Trotsky three times fast. Come to think of it, that’s exactly what
happens to people in those places who teach those parables.
You would think that socialist societies would be more welcome to the
teachings of comrade Jesus. No, only the fevered mind of the most
dedicated progressive liberal can perceive socialism in the Good News.
This is made possible by eyes covered with the cataracts of ideology
dimly focused on the teachings of the God quite often they don’t even
What we find in socialist experiments in history, are that the results of
forced and often times indiscriminate redistribution of resources,
delivered into the hands of a flawed oligarchy whatever nomenclature is
in vogue, leads inevitably to waste and lack.
This is in strong contradiction to the God of the Holy Bible who is
conspicuous in His blessing of those who are wise, industrious, and
generous. Unlike many of the Eastern philosophies, we who follow Christ
are not taught to forsake the physical, but, we are to be mindful that
God is less concerned with the physical and temporal.
Christ preached the Kingdom of God above all else and that is eternal and
heavenly. He did not teach dependence upon secular government for
anything, including universal healthcare in any permutation. It may not
be progressive by today’s standards, but nonetheless true.